Discovery Issue 29
Low impact urban design & development – December 2009
In this issue
Cities as competitive economic hubs
‘Are we doing enough to ensure New Zealand cities are globally competitive, provide positive impressions on international visitors, contribute their share to greenhouse gas reductions, and provide an environment that attracts (and retains) the talent essential to improving their (and the nation’s) productivity?’
What on earth is LIUDD?
Low impact urban design and development (LIUDD) looks at how development impacts on the environment, recognising that ecosystems have limitations that humans must work within to ensure sustainability.
LIUDD and the community
LIUDD promotes localised forms of environmental management and therefore extends responsibility for environmental management beyond the domain of ‘experts’.
A new web application to compare the ‘whole-of-life’ costs of alternative low impact stormwater treatment devices could lead to increased use of more environmentally friendly stormwater management in your neighbourhood.
People, nature and LIUDD
LIUDD research and application has shown that biodiversity is ‘alive’ and can be protected, enhanced and experienced, even in busy urban centres. Nature doesn’t have to be available only to hardened trampers, laden down with heavy packs, grinding up remote mountain tracks.
Water supply and stormwater management are two significant issues for built environments, especially as our cities grow.